Mallory Pech

Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Community and Public Health
Company/Organization: Scottish Rite Park
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Destination: Des Moines, Iowa
Timeframe: Spring
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During my internship I had the following duties: develop group fitness lesson plans for seated and aquatic classes; lead group exercises classes; maintain fitness equipment and facility cleanliness; collect and disseminate relevant health/wellness information for residents and employees; assist Wellness Director with day to day operation of the Wellness Center.


My greatest accomplishment was learning to develop and lead group fitness classes, including chair and aquatic. I started my internship with little-to-no experience as an instructor and finished with a new confidence in my abilities to lead in this type of setting!

What advice would you give?

Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone! My minimal experience in leading exercise classes made me nervous to do so at the beginning of my internship, but I am grateful for the opportunity to build my skill set.

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